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10:24 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Timing Is Everything: A Note On NPR's Clock Changes

There’s a structure to what you hear on West Virginia Public Radio that’s about to change.

Each show on the station is governed by a “clock.” These graphical representations of each hour lay out what happens in a program and when.  

Whether it’s a newscast, a promotion for what is coming up later in the show, or a regular segment such as West Virginia Morning or the Marketplace Morning Report, it all happens at a precise time according to the clock. This clock is how we coordinate between hosts that are in NPR’s studios in Washington, D.C. and beyond, and West Virginia Public Radio’s hosts who are in our studios in Charleston, so we don’t end up talking over each other.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
9:00 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Hear Shovels & Rope Play "Evil," Live on Mountain Stage

Shovels and Rope, Live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Husband and wife duo Shovels & Rope return to this week’s broadcast of Mountain Stage with songs from their latest album, Swimmin’ Time. Here they perform the song “Evil,” which showcases their passionate harmonies and uncharacteristically dark lyrics.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
5:10 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight: November 15 & 16

Robert Earl Keen made his tenth appearance on Mountain Stage with this 2013 show.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

Winter is coming. Jack Frost is nigh. Santa Clause is coming to town. Whatever way you say it, it's cold outside, so stay inside, curl up next to the fire and listen to some heart- and ear-warming tunes on "Mountain Stage After Midnight." Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Radio, "Mountain Stage After Midnight" takes the best episodes from the show's 31 year history and shares their memories and songs with our late-night listeners.

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Disney Music Memories
3:50 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Larry Groce: How a Junk Food Junkie Became a Mouseketeer

Mountain Stage host Larry Groce holding his platinum records for Disney's Children's Favorite Songs.
Credit Josh Saul

Since this week's A Change of Tune is dedicated to indie/alternative takes on Disney music, it would only make sense to chat with West Virginia Public Radio's very own Mouseketeer, Larry Groce. His contributions to records like Disney's Children's Favorite Songs ​and Disney's Christmas Favorites were understated (you'll never see his smiling, bearded face on a record cover) but impactful (millennials know how "Froggie Went A-Courtin'," thanks to Larry).

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Radio
7:51 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Nov. 13 1879 Arthurdale Educator Elsie Clapp Born

Clapp believed that Arthurdale’s school should tap into the students’ rural heritage and prepare them for real-life situations.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / John Dewey, Elsie Clapp, Arthurdale, Preston County

Educator Elsie Clapp was born on November 13, 1879, in Brooklyn Heights. She was influenced by progressive educator John Dewey, who believed that schools should have a direct impact on the communities they serve.

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Radio
7:07 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Nov. 12 1844 Wheeling Businessman Henry Schmulbach Born

Henry Schmulbach was a bit of a business Renaissance man. He served as president of the Wheeling Bridge Company and the German Bank, which is now WesBanco.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Wheeling, Henry Schmulbach, Nail City Brewery, Schmulbach Brewing, Mozart Park, The Wheeling Bridge Company

When Henry Schmulbach was a child, he and his family immigrated to Wheeling from Germany. By the time he was a young adult, Schmulbach had become one of the city’s most successful businessmen, selling retail groceries and wholesale liquor.

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Radio
7:16 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Nov. 11 1918 World War I Ends

Of the more than two million Americans who served in World War I, the last-surviving veteran was Frank Buckles, who died at Charles Town in 2011 at the age of 110.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Frank Buckles, WWI, Charles Town,

World War I ended , on November 11, 1918, after more than four years of brutal fighting. Nearly 39 million soldiers had been killed, wounded, or listed as missing. American soldiers arrived on the scene only during the last year-and-a-half of the war. Still, some 116,000 died in the conflict.

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Radio
8:31 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Nov. 10 1817 Kanawha Salt Producers Form Output Pool

In the days before refrigeration, pioneers needed this natural resource to preserve meat. As such, it is one of the few products that settlers would spend money on or trade for.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Output pool, Kanawha Salt Industry, War of 1812, Kanawha County

On November 10, 1817, Kanawha County salt operators entered into a unique business arrangement that would set the stage for major industries in the late 1800s. Salt was an essential product in early American history. In the early 1800s, Kanawha County became the salt-producing capital of the nation.

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Recommended If You Like: Bluesy English folk
11:47 am
Fri November 7, 2014

'A Change of Tune' Inteviews Piers Faccini

Peter Segal and Piers Faccini.
Credit Payram

This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch interviews Piers Faccini, an English singer-songwriter who specializes in intimate folk. Although his bedside folk style invokes comparisons to Nick Drake, Ray LaMontainge and even Jack Johnson, Faccini shows he’s more than just a quiet voice by infusing his music with Delta blues, Mediterranean melodies and neo-classical compositions. His new record with French cellist Vincent Segal, titled Songs of Time Lost, goes to prove why Faccini stands out from the folky crowd.

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Radio
8:16 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Nov. 7 1775 Pioneers Form Forks-of-Cheat Baptist Church

Over the years, the congregation has developed a number of traditions to honor its heritage. Each July, it celebrates Homecoming Sundays and flies a British flag to mark the church’s original colonial status.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Reverend Joseph Gluck, Forks-of-Cheat Baptist Church, 1775, Stewartstown

The Reverend John Corbly and 12 others organized the Forks-of-Cheat Baptist Church on the night of November 7, 1775. the. The meeting took place near Stewartstown, about six miles north of Morgantown. The church remains in service today.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
4:02 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight: November 8 & 9

The Blind Boys of Alabama made their third appearance on Mountain Stage back in 2011.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

Remember, remember the 8th and 9th of November... for another revolutionary edition of "Mountain Stage After Midnight!" Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Radio, "Mountain Stage After Midnight" takes the best episodes from the show's 31 year history and shares their memories and songs with our late-night listeners. Each week we'll hand-pick two of our favorite episodes that'll alternate order each night.

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Radio
8:06 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Nov. 6 1863 Battle of Droop Mountain

The Battle of Droop Mountain opened with nearly six hours of artillery fire, musketry, and hand-to-hand combat. Averell’s infantry finally broke through the Confederate left. The Rebels retreated, and the battle turned into a Union rout.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park, General William Averell, General John Echols, Pocahontas County, Lewisburg, Civil War

On November 6, 1863, one of the most important Civil War battles in West Virginia occurred in Pocahontas County. Union General William W. Averell launched a raid, to trap Confederate troops around Lewisburg.

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Radio
8:25 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Maestro André Raphel Brings New Music to Life

André Raphel doing what he does best.

Take a listen as Maestro André Raphel talks with us about his upcoming concert of Spanish and American Music with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, their composer-in-residence, Roberto Sierra, and their guest violinist, Michael Ludwig.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
4:23 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Hear Jill Barber Perform "Broken for Good" Live from Mountain Stage

Jill Barber, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

While Canadian singer-songwriter Jill Barber’s smoky, soulful voice has made her an alt-cabaret favorite on Canada's folk scene, she’s also known for penning songs with timeless hooks and melodies. Here she performs “Broken for Good,” from this week’s premiere broadcast of Mountain Stage.

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Radio
7:55 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Nov. 5, 1891 Birthday of Greasy Neale

Greasy Neale played Major League baseball for nine years and hit .357 for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1919 World Series.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Greasy Neale, 1919 World Seies, Canton Bulldogs, Cincinnati Reds, National Football League

Alfred Earle Neale was born in Parkersburg on November 5, 1891. As a youth, he excelled at virtually every sport.

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Radio
10:36 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Nov. 4 1985 Flooding from Tropical Storm Juan

Despite heroic rescue efforts by first responders, 47 West Virginians died in the 1985 flood, with Pendleton and Grant counties suffering the most deaths. Many of the towns had to rebuild nearly from scratch, and some have never fully recovered.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online; The Parson's Advocate. / Tropical Storm Juan, Parsons WV, North Branch of the Potomac River, South Branch Valley

Four to eight inches of rain had inundated the northern and eastern parts of the state, producing deadly flooding. The Cheat, Greenbrier, Tygart Valley, Little Kanawha, and West Fork rivers along with the North and South Branches of the Potomac River all crested well above flood stage.

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West Virginia History
10:18 am
Mon November 3, 2014

November 3, 1828: Birthday of Surveyor-Geologist Jedediah Hotchkiss

Today, most historians consider Jedediah Hotchkiss to be the greatest mapmaker of the Civil War.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Jedediah Hotchkiss, mapmaking, Stonewall Jackson, Civil War

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West Virginia History
9:24 am
Fri October 31, 2014

October 31, 1990: Ravenswood Aluminum Workers Locked Out

On October 31, 1990, union workers at Ravenswood Aluminum arrived as usual for their midnight shift. Only this time, they were turned away from the gates. Thus began one of the most bitter labor disputes of the late 20th century.

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West Virginia History
11:15 am
Thu October 30, 2014

October 30, 1930: First Mountain State Forest Festival Held

The culminating moment is when West Virginia’s governor crowns the new Queen Silvia.Today, the festival, which is celebrated the first weekend in October, regularly attracts up to 150,000 visitors to the Randolph County seat.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Mountain State Forest Festival, Elkins, 1930, Neil Armstrong, Randolph County, Queen Silvia

The first Mountain State Forest Festival began in Elkins on October 30, 1930. Since then, it has been held every October except for the years 1941 to 1949. The festival was intended to attract tourists to the region, which is known for its hardwood trees and dazzling fall colors.

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Met Opera in HD
3:40 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Bizet's Carmen in HD

There is no other woman in the world of opera like Carmen, the stunning Spanish gypsy, who is as passionate in her loves as she is for her freedom, totally unfettered by any code.

An operatic tour-de-force, Carmen will be sung in French with English supertitles  during the simulcast from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera to theaters around the world this Saturday, November 1, at 12:55pm. 

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